Strategic Thinking (P840)

Critical Success Factors for Achieving High Payoff Results

Course dates listed will be delivered as live, instructor-led sessions online. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the October, December or February session.

Thinking strategically can be described as the way people in an organization think about, view, assess and create the future for themselves, their team, and the organization. More than simply reacting to day-to-day or long-term problems, it is concerned with creating opportunities and choosing options in order to be able to realize the best possible future. It is an ongoing process that becomes part of the organizational culture and part of the local vocabulary; it also ensures that strategic planning activity is more meaningful. Strategic thinking is a foundational skill and the same principles can be equally applied to people’s personal lives and their work responsibilities. The same thinking approach is relevant to all levels of responsibility throughout the organization.

However, thinking strategically is only half of the workplace challenge; the ideal outcome for any organization is for its people to be able to both think strategically while acting tactically. Striking the proper balance is critical to the smooth operation of the organization and the full involvement of all its people. Achieving the balance helps team members collaborate and better align their day-to-day activities with the higher goals and vision of the project, department, or organization as a whole.

This workshop will explore both what it means to think strategically, and how day-to-day operational action can be aligned to the grander strategy at both the individual and team level.

This is a two-day workshop in Ottawa.

Space is still available for all course dates listed, unless otherwise noted.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this seminar, you will have:

  • The mental tools to start understanding the strategic environment that you work in
  • Better knowledge of yourself as a strategic thinker
  • The means to become more strategic in your day-to-day activity and so be able to better align with corporate goals

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the October, December or February session.

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Workshop Topics

Setting the Scene

  • Gaining a working understanding of strategy and tactics/operations

Individuals as Potential Strategic Thinkers

  • What are the attributes of a strategic thinker?
  • Are you a strategic thinker?

Organizational Culture

  • Assessing your organization’s culture
  • How does this help or hinder your intention to think more strategically
  • What should the ideal culture for team strategic thinking be like and what do you need to do to get there?

Taking ‘Ownership’ of Strategy

  • Balancing expectations with permission to think and act strategically
  • Organizational knowledge and action learning as useful techniques for getting involved
  • Visual thinking tools to help you ask the right questions
  • A five-step briefing format for any occasion to get your message across powerfully

Strategic/Operational Framework

  • Exploring the key elements of a framework that you can use to ensure you become aware of all of the elements of your organizational strategy
  • How operations are connected to strategy; how individuals are part of the operations

The Proverbial Box – Taking a Look at the Box from the Outside

  • We all live, think and work inside the box
  • What is the box? What holds us there? How do we escape?
  • What things can we do to help us think more strategically while acting tactically?


  • Opportunity to explore additional issues, ideas or techniques
  • What will you do next?

Register Online

Online registration is currently not available for this workshop. You may still register by phone or email

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the October, December or February session.

Who Should Attend This Course?

Anyone who wants to develop their ability to proactively create and achieve a vision for the future.

Does This Course Address Your Competency Development Needs?

This training workshop addresses:

• Achievement / Results Orientation
• Adaptability / Flexibility
• Analytical Thinking
• Change Management and Leadership
• Creative Thinking
• Decision Making / Decisiveness
• Dealing with Difficult Situations
• Emotional Intelligence
• Engagement and Motivation
• Impact and Influence
• Innovation and Initiative
• Interpersonal Relations
• Leadership
• Management Excellence
• Planning / Organizing
• Policy Development
• Problem Solving
• Project Management
• Promotion
• Research, Analysis and Evaluation
• Risk Management and Assessment
• Strategic Thinking
• Teamwork and Cooperation
• Working with Others

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the October, December or February session.